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PacifiCorp Spends $10,000 to Fight Water Ballot Measure


Now there's electricity in Portland's water fight.

PacifiCorp, the Portland-based electric power utility, has donated $10,000 to oppose the May ballot measure that would remove control of water and sewer utilities from City Hall.

The donation to Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC matches the largest contributions the "no" campaign has received so far. In the past mon...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies at 77


Charles Jordan, Portland's first first African-American City Commissioner and longtime director of the Parks & Recreation Bureau, has died at 77.“Charles Jordan is established in history as one of the heroes of Portland,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said today in a statement.
Jordan served on Portland City Council for 10 years, beginning in 1974. Appointed by then-Ma...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Foes Say Airbnb Will Squeeze Out Affordable Housing


Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb announced March 26 it had struck an unprecedented deal with Portland city officials to collect lodging taxes in exchange for legalizing short-term rentals. Even skeptics   More
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

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Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau


Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee?

That’s the question being put to voters in a telephone survey paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

And the phone survey—first reported by    More
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Strike By City Workers Averted with Tentative Contract Deal


The City of Portland has reached a tentative contract deal with 1,600 city workers—again.

The deal for a four-year contract comes three days before the workers—ranging from parking enforcement officers to the street-maintenance crews who plow the roads after snowstorms—were authorized to go on strike.

The agreement (PDF    More
Friday, March 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.

The    More
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Airbnb Cuts Deal with Portland to Collect 11.5% Lodging Tax on Short-Term Rentals


Ever since Mayor Charlie Hales announced earlier this month the arrival of Airbnb operational headquarters in Portland, it's been clear the city is    More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's Alta Bike Share Faces Mounting Criticism for "Disengaged" Handling of NYC's Program

UPDATE: Novick says he wants to talk to New York officials


Last summer, the future looked balmy for Portland company Alta Bicycle Share.The launch of its New York City system, Citi Bikes, was met with national acclaim—even the naysayers were    More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.

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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

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